Medical learning zone
Knowing about the human body and the conditions that can affect it can be a big help for advisers. Armed with this information, you'll be able to better understand any conditions your clients have and complete their application forms more accurately.
- Brush up your knowledge of a particular area of the body and the medical conditions that affect it.
- Once you're ready, take the test to find out how much you know – and gain a certificate for your records
Test your medical knowledge
- Gain a certificate for your personal records. (non-accredited.)
- No registration necessary.
- Highlights any areas for improvement
Brush up your knowledge
The information sheets below tell you more about a particular area of the body or any other factors. Each PDF link opens in a new window.
|Information Sheet||Description||Key areas/conditions covered|
|Alcohol (PDF 78.1kb)||The amount of alcohol a person drinks can affect how we handle their protection application.||Effects of excessive drinking; implications for life, critical illness and income protection insurance.|
|Build (PDF 126kb)||A person's body size, muscle mass and body fat can have a significant bearing on the conditions to which they're susceptible.||Body mass index (BMI), obesity, underweight.|
|Central Nervous System (PDF 100kb)||Includes the brain and spinal cord.||Epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, shingles, spinal injuries.|
|Digestive System (PDF 156kb)||The digestive tract runs from the mouth to the anus.||Cirrhosis of the liver, cholecystitis, Crohn's disease, haemorrhoids, hepatitis, hernia, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), peptic ulceration, ulcerative colitis.|
|Drugs (PDF 41.6kb)||The different types of drugs available, and the implications of drug abuse for protection applications.||Risks of drug abuse; types of drugs; implications for life, critical illness and income protection insurance.|
|Endocrine System (PDF 387kb)||Consists of glands that control the body's activities.||Hyperthyroidism, diabetes.|
|Mental Illness (PDF 46.3kb)||Mental disorders cause a person's mind to become disturbed, and can vary greatly in their severity.||Psychoneurosis, psychosis, manic depression, schizophrenia.|
|Musculoskeletal System (PDF 127kb)||Provides form, stability and the ability to move. Can be affected by conditions including knee disorders and osteoporosis.||Arthritis, back pain, cervical spondylosis, hip disorders, knee disorders, lumbar stenosis, osteoporosis, shoulder disorders, whiplash.|
|Respiratory System (PDF 1.1Mb)||Supplies the body with oxygen and eliminates carbon dioxide waste.||Asthma, bronchitis, bronchiectasis, emphysema, pneumonconiosis, pneumonia.|
|Smoking (PDF 41.6kb)||The detrimental affects of smoking are well known, so it's important to disclose correct smoker-status information.||Smoking facts; health implications; implications for life, critical illness and income protection insurance.|
|Tumours (PDF 120kb)||An abnormal mass of tissue which grows at a different rate to the tissues around it. Can be cancerous.||Malignant tumours (cancer or carcinoma), benign tumours.|
|Financial Underwriting (PDF 38.6kb)||A brief description of financial underwriting and why we need to do it.|
|Residence and Travel (PDF 40.5kb)||An explanation of why we ask about foreign travel and residence in protection applications.|